Regarding autism and college, David enlightens various audiences who each have different foci in the aspects of the presentations desired*. This page focuses on the following two interest groups:
- Students with autism who are considering going to college
- College students in general
1. Autism and College: Speaker for Students with Autism Contemplating College
Are you someone with autism, or other learning differences, who is considering college but wondering if you could succeed with this endeavor?
Invite David to share about autism and college success: what worked for him to enable a treasured experience with a great outcome. In this presentation, David conveys what to look for in a college, how to prepare in high school, and how to transition to every facet of college living. He also shares how he came to love himself, embrace his differences, self-advocate, disclose his needs and differences, and accept help to maximize his potential. He represents how Asperger’s and college create a winning combination.
2. Speaker for College Campuses
Are you seeking a speaker who can give your student body valuable perspectives that will improve their current experiences and prepare them for life beyond?
Using autism awareness as a basis to help students understand the personal experience of living differently, David proceeds to discuss diversity; he focuses on acceptance of differences in others—as well as within. With college often presenting the first major student exposure to people, cultures, and beliefs different from their own, David’s presentation is relevant to student acclimation and comfort within this new environment…and what could be a better preparation for the future professional world? Colleges seek to prepare their graduates beyond learning the academic essentials, and David can contribute to this mission.
This talk focuses on autism education, diversity, acceptance of differences in others AND self, comfort with uniqueness, seeking help when needed, living with compassion toward others, and finally: bullying. Though maybe not as prevalent as in the preteen and teen years, bullying behaviors sadly still exist in the college environment and throughout adulthood. Dramatic recent occurrences within specific fraternity and athletic communities confirm that there is a need to address this topic. Due to David’s age, experiences, and recent graduation, he is in tune with college culture and very equipped to emotionally impact audiences. He affects perspectives, and thus, behaviors—accomplishing this in an entertaining and yet very profound manner.
“David has an ability to educate audiences in a most engaging and animated manner. He is a truly outstanding speaker with a clear message and voice that needs to be heard. My students were riveted and genuinely moved by his talk. I recommend him most highly as an orator who can truly connect with college audiences about issues that matter. He is a breath of fresh air and will not disappoint.”
–Dr. Tracy Masterson
Associate Professor of Psychological Science
John Carroll University